This is the Gathered Sundress by Pattern Runway, and it seems to have many features that I thought I would love in a summer dress: princess seams, lined bodice, separate waistband for definition, POCKETS with a cute gathered detail, etc, etc. I also really love this fabric. I've been eyeing batiks lately, and this one has so many lovely pinks and purples and greens and blues swirled together plus a dash of gold. I swooned.
My hopes were quite high. The bodice seemed to fit perfectly when I tried it on in progress (although I quickly realized that the colors in this dress closely match the colors in my skin--it's not a flattering look for me), but once I added the lining, it gaped quite a bit at the armholes. Maybe I stretched out the curves as I added the lining? It doesn't look stretched to me, but who knows. The waist is quite tight, even though I measure precisely at the size I chose, and I even shortened the bodice by an inch to make sure the waistband would fall at my actual waist. Sigh. I expected the skirt to have a little bit of fullness, but it doesn't really, and there's a strange pulling at the side seams--it's like the gathers at the back waist force the side seams to angle toward the front. That makes no sense, and I can't come up with a way to fix it except to say that maybe I needed to size up from the waist down. At any rate, this dress makes me look like a tree trunk, and I would love to find someone whom this dress would fit so that I can add the zipper and hem and send this one away with love and well-wishes.
In spite of all the challenges, I still love this fabric, and I had a little over a yard left. My redemption came in the Oliver and S Hula Hoop skirt, a fun, flippy, reversible skirt perfect for my almost five-year-old.
Cara took this skirt on a playtime test drive this morning, so bless her heart, her hair is a mess and her shirt is already dirty, but who cares. The Hula Hoop skirt is playtime approved. I paired my lovely batik with a tiny yellow floral that I had in my stash. It's quite an unusual fabric combination, but the colors work and I like it.
See that purse? She really doesn't go anywhere without it. Such a funny girl.